Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, June 25, 2020 - Volume 761
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
A Mind Vault Solutions, Ltd. Publication
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1) Basic Windows From The Keyboard Tutorial Podcasts
Here is a series of seven podcasts on keyboard navigation in Windows, including subscription information:
2) What's New in Windows 10 from Mystic Access
This month's free Mystic Access webinar will address new capabilities available in Windows V. 2004. It takes place on GMT Friday, 26 June 2020 at 00:30:
3) Access to Spatial Concepts and Information
The presenter of this Zoom call will discuss two projects that investigate the use of tactile and auditory modalities to increase access to spatial information motivated by two domains: (1) 3D design and (2) data visualization:
4) Getting the Most Out of Your Amazon Echo Smart Speaker
This is a Zoom call on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 at 19:00 GMT:
5) iPhones, iPads, and VoiceOver, Oh My!
VoiceOver navigation and useful apps is the topic for this Zoom call, on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 at 21:00 GMT:
6) Apps, Apps, Apps for iOS
Apps are clearly the focus of this Zoom call, on Thursday, 2 July 2020 at 22:30 GMT:
7) NVDA Training
Learn this screen reader on a Zoom call on Friday, 3 July 2020 at 00:00 GMT:
8) AccessWorld June 2020
In this issue we find 'The Walmart Groceries App: Let's Check it Out and See How Well They Deliver,' 'Book Review: Getting Started with Zoom Meetings: A Guide for JAWS, NVDA, and iPhone VoiceOver Users, by Heather Thomas,' 'Give Your Mac a Spring Cleaning with CleanMyMac X,' 'GuideConnect by Dolphin, Part 1: Getting Started,' and more:
9) Android 11 Beta 1.5 and The Revival of Oxygen on Anatad Podcast
This is the podcast episode from 20 June 2020:
10) NVDA 2020.2 Beta 2 Available for Testing
Braille improvements and improvements to Windows One Core voices are among the changes coming in this version:
11) What's Coming in iOS 14?
Apple held their WWDC Conference and revealed what we can look forward to in the new updates. One take on all this comes from Jonathan Mosen:
12) Tech Doctor on WWDC
The Tech Doctor podcast returns after several months with a panel discussion about iOS 14 etc:
13) AppleVis Extra 74: Recapping Apple's WWDC 2020 Keynote
The final take we'll include comes from AppleVis:
14) A Preview of iOS 14 and a Quick Look at Supersense AI, Ariadne GPS and Digit Eyes
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15) FSCast #185
Hear about product updates, summer convention specials in the US and more in this episode:
16) Tidbits Poll Results: As a screen reader user, which of the following is more important to you?
Last week we asked Tidbits subscribers, "As a screen reader user, which of the following is more important to you? (A) Speech quality for entertainment purposes? Or (B) Speech responsiveness for productivity? So far 58 readers have weighed in with 53 votes (91.4%) for (B) Speech responsiveness for productivity, and 5 votes (8.6%) for (A) Speech quality for entertainment. You can still weigh in, or review the breakdown here:
17) New Tidbits Poll: Has your use of Assistive Technology increased or decreased during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Share your opinion with us on this, and future AT-related polls, on the Top Tech Tidbits website where you can weigh in and view results:
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